Speeches, Presentations, Doodle Summaries

THF 2021 - Day 1

THF 2021 - Day 2

Forum Session Day 1

Welcome Remarks / Opening Address & Launch

Special Address: Peeling the Layers of Philanthropy

Keynote Address: The Good Doughnut – Redesigning the Shape of Progress

Core Session: People & Institutions – Building Effective Alliances

Special Address: From Charity to Justice

Keynote Address: Fighting Inequality in Times of Crisis

Introductory Remarks: Let’s Be WISER

Core Session: People & Society – Strengthening from the Bottom-Up

Special Address: New Horizons of Financing Positive Social Impact

Forum Session Day 2

Special Address: Re-imagining a Just and Sustainable Tomorrow

In Conversation: Learning From The Pandemic – Weaving in a Social Justice Perspective

Special Address: Towards a National Reset

Special Session: Looking Forward to Malaysia 2030

Special Session: Having An Ear To The Ground: Listening To Stories From The Community

Introductory Remarks: Building Future-Ready Leaders

Core Session: People & Leadership – Effective Stewardship in Challenging the Status Quo

Vote of Thanks / ArtsFAS Special Performance & Closing: A Celebration of Malaysian Art & Artists

Forum Highlights

BE PART OF THOUGHT LEADERSHIP CONVERSATIONS TO REALISE A VISION FOR AN EQUAL AND JUST MALAYSIA

YOU CAN HELP SHAPE MALAYSIA’S FUTURE!

Nation building calls on each of us to play our part in
shaping a more inclusive and progressive Malaysia

ARE SOCIO-ECONOMIC INEQUALITIES ON THE RISE IN MALAYSIA?

What has been the compounding impact of health
pandemic on our communities?

THIS IS THE MALAYSIA WE ALL WANT EQUITABLE • JUST • INCLUSIVE

THROUGH THE LENS
OF GLOBAL THOUGHT LEADERS

3 CAPTAINS OF INDUSTRY,
1 COMMON GOAL:
A BETTER MALAYSIA

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DAY 2 – 18 Nov 2021 – 9.40am – 11.10am

 

Special Session: Looking Forward to Malaysia 2030

 

A real conversation between relevant stakeholders on their vision and strategies to advance and bolster social justice in Malaysia, the type of collaborative and collective efforts needed to change the system, and who can play a role in shifting the tide.

 

Panelists:

  • Tharma Pillai, UNDI 18
  • Shaq Koyok – Indigenous Art Activist
  • Dr Aizan Sofia Amin, Advocate for People With Disability; Senior Lecturer at Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia; Youth Ambassador TN50, Tokoh Pekerja Negara (OKU) 2019
Moderator: Melisa Idris, Senior Editor, Astro Awani 

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DAY 2 – 18 Nov 2021 – 12.00pm – 1.30pm

 

Special Session: Having An Ear To The Ground: 

Listening To Stories From The Community

 

This session provides an opportunity for CSO leaders working with diverse communities to share what interventions have worked for them; best practices, and the challenges faced. During the session, CSO leaders will share insights that decision makers should keep in mind while allocating resources and supporting the non-profit and social enterprise ecosystem.

 

Panelists:

  • Kon Onn Sein, Director, Foundation for Community Studies and Development (Yayasan Kajian & Pembangunan Masyarakat)
  • Sasibai Kimis, Social Entrepreneur, Earth Heir
  • Jacqueline Fong, Co-Founder, Tanoti Crafts
  • Rashvin Pal Singh, Chief Executive Officer, Biji-Biji Initiative

Moderator: Deborah Chan, The Co-founder of Wiki Impact

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DAY 1 – 17 Nov 2021 – 3.10pm – 4.40pm

 

Core Session: People & Society – Strengthening from the Bottom-Up

 

The session will delve into strategies and practices on how to realise bottom-up approaches in empowering local actors, community leaders and Civil Society Organisations for citizen-led action.

 

Panelists:

  • Anshu Gupta, Founder, GOONJ
  • Dato’ Dr Hartini Zainudin, Co-Founder, Yayasan Chow Kit
  • Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff, Principal Research Fellow at Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
  • Yibin Chu, Head of Community Investing and Development Asia Pacific

Moderator: Nicky Wilkinson, Executive Director, Firetree Trust

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DAY 1 – 17 Nov 2021 – 10.30am – 12.00pm

 

Core Session: People & Institutions – Building Effective Alliances

 

This panel acknowledges the importance of collaboration between key stakeholders and discusses the roles, changes and challenges in striving towards a lasting systemic and institutional change.

 

Panelists:

  • Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus, President, MERCY Malaysia
  • Zakiah Jaafar, Deputy Secretary-General of Treasury (Policy), Ministry of Finance Malaysia
  • Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram, Senior Research Advisor, Khazanah Research Institute
  • Leong Cheung, Executive Director Charities & Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Moderator: Naina Subberwal Batra, Chairperson and Chief
Executive Officer, AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network)

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DAY 2 – 18 Nov 2021 – 2.40pm – 4.10pm

 

Core Session: People & Leadership 

– Effective Stewardship in Challenging the Status Quo

 

Speakers will discuss strategies of creating systems that actively champion community-based solutions and innovations, as well as effective collaboration

in the 21st century.

 

Panelists:

  • Shameran Abed, Executive Director, BRAC International
  • Jalil Rasheed, Group Chief Executive Officer, Berjaya Corporation Berhad
  • Datuk Yasmin Mahmood, Chair of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia Board, Chairperson, Skymind Holdings Bhd
  • Dato’ Shahira Ahmed Bazari, Managing Director, Yayasan Hasanah
Moderator: Louise Pulford, Chief Executive Officer, Social Innovation Exchange

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Assistant Professor Dr Melati

Assistant Professor of Economics, Asia School of Business and Research Affiliate, MIT Sloan School of Management

Dr. Melati Nungsari is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Asia School of Business. She also holds an appointment at MIT Sloan School of Management as a Research Affiliate. She’s a microeconomist whose research is on labor informality, entrepreneurship, and labor market integration of vulnerable groups, such as refugees, undocumented persons, and urban poor.

 

She has consulted for and worked on research projects with the UN High Commissioner of Refugees, the UN Development Program, and the World Health Organization. She is also the Research Lead for the Rapid Youth Success in Entrepreneurship Program, a Citi-Foundation funded program designed to empower young Malaysians start businesses through business and entrepreneurship training. Before joining ASB, Dr. Melati was an economics professor at Butler University and Davidson College.

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Dato' Shahira Ahmed Bazari

Managing Director & Trustee, Yayasan Hasanah

As Trustee and Managing Director of Hasanah, YBhg. Dato’ Shahira works together with a network of civil society organisations to create positive long-term and sustainable impact within Malaysia’s social and environmental landscapes. Hasanah invests in the following focus areas – Education, Community Development, Environment, Arts & Public Spaces, and Knowledge & Research.

 

Under Dato’ Shahira’s leadership and guidance, Hasanah has assisted more than 1 million lives in Malaysia since its inception in 2015, alongside humanitarian relief initiatives. More prominently, in the two years since the COVID-19 pandemic (2020/2021), Hasanah quadrupled their giving to RM400 million (USD 95 million) in 2021 through partnerships with the public and private sector, resulting in five times more civil society partners and projects awarded in 2020 and 2021.

Dato’ Shahira’s role to Hasanah evolved out of her nine-year tenure at Khazanah between 2006 – 2015, where her last held position was Director in the Managing Director’s Office, in which she was instrumental in the setting up of Hasanah between 2013 – 2015. Prior to Khazanah, Dato’ Shahira led a regional role in Public Affairs for Procter & Gamble Malaysia; and also worked in a private think-tank at the start of her career.

 

Today, within her current capacity, Dato’ Shahira also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of several social-based organisations in Malaysia. Currently she sits on the board of trustees for Yayasan Khazanah (Education & Scholarship), Think City Sdn Bhd (Urban Regeneration), Yayasan Sejahtera (Poverty Alleviation), PINTAR Foundation (Education); and was also a board member of the National Visual Arts Development Board from 2017 to 2020. Internationally, Dato’s Shahira has also sat as the Global Council Member of the Social Innovation Exchange (SIX), United Kingdom from 2018 – 2020.

 

Dato’ Shahira holds a Bachelor of Arts from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and M.A. in Public Communication from American University, Washington D.C., United States, and has completed the Cambridge Business Sustainability Management Course from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

 

Personally, Dato’ Shahira is a big advocate and voice for the power of collaboration in the third sector. She believes that listening closely to the grassroots’ voice while working with people grounded with the same principles, allow us to build meaningful, heartfelt, and longer-term impacts for society. Driven by this virtue, Hasanah, under Data’ Shahira’s leadership, has galvanised various multi-stakeholder social projects in the country, under the Public-Private-People-Partnership (PPPP) Model. This collaborative spirit has pushed boundaries beyond imagination, as Hasanah co-helmed several impact coalitions, including the Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) & Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) Disaster Response Network (“GDRN”) to streamline urgent assistance to Malaysians during a crisis.

Dato’ Shahira’s role to Hasanah evolved out of her nine-year tenure at Khazanah between 2006 – 2015, where her last held position was Director in the Managing Director’s Office, in which she was instrumental in the setting up of Hasanah between 2013 – 2015. Prior to Khazanah, Dato’ Shahira led a regional role in Public Affairs for Procter & Gamble Malaysia; and also worked in a private think-tank at the start of her career.

 

Today, within her current capacity, Dato’ Shahira also serves as a Trustee on the Boards of several social-based organisations in Malaysia. Currently she sits on the board of trustees for Yayasan Khazanah (Education & Scholarship), Think City Sdn Bhd (Urban Regeneration), Yayasan Sejahtera (Poverty Alleviation), PINTAR Foundation (Education); and was also a board member of the National Visual Arts Development Board from 2017 to 2020. IOnternationally, Dato’s Shahira has also sat as the Global Council Member of the Social Innocation Exchange (SIX), United Kingdom from 2018 – 2020.

 

Dato’ Shahira holds a Bachelor of Arts from the International Islamic University Malaysia, and M.A. in Public Communication from American University, Washington D.C., United States, and has completed the Cambridge Business Sustainability Management Course from the University of Cambridge, United Kingdom.

 

Personally, Dato’ Shahira is a big advocate and voice for the power of collaboration in the third sector. She believes that listening closely to the grassroots’ voice while working with people grounded with the same principles, allow us to build meaningful, heartfelt, and longer-term impacts for society. Driven by this virtue, Hasanah, under Data’ Shahira’s leadership, has galvanised various multi-stakeholder social projects in the country, under the Public-Private-People-Partnership (PPPP) Model. This collaborative spirit has pushed boundaries beyound imagination, as Hasanah co-helmed several impact coalitions, including the Government-Linked Companies (GLCs) & Government-Linked Investment Companies (GLICs) Disaster Response Network (“GDRN”) to streamline urgent assistance to Malaysians during a crisis.

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Dato' Dr Hartini Zainudin

Co-Founder, Yayasan Chow Kit

Hartini Zainudin is a child activist in Malaysia, who currently works for a local humanitarian organization as their fundraising and resource mobilization consultant and strategist. She was also South East Asia’s focal person for the United Nation’s Relief Work Agency (UNRWA), working on the plight of Palestinian refugees She had previously worked for the Asia School of Business, as well as UNICEF, Malaysia. She has conducted fundraising training with UNHCR Global. Prior to these two positions, she served as the CEO of Yayasan Siti Sapura Husin.

 

She is the co-founder of Yayasan Chow Kit (formerly known as NurSalam). She is also the Vice President of Voice of the Children, (founded in 2008) a local NGO that does advocacy work, law and policy reforms and training on children’s issues.

Hartini has been a member of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development’s National Advisory Council on the Welfare and Protection of Children and is a member of a number of national task forces – Child Protection Policy Training, Child Trafficking, Stateless Children, Alternative to Detention of Children and the review of the Malaysian Adoption System. She has done training here in Malaysia for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency on the issue of baby selling and child trafficking.

Hartini has been a member of the Ministry of Women, Family and Community Development’s National Advisory Council on the Welfare and Protection of Children and is a member of a number of national task forces – Child Protection Policy Training, Child Trafficking, Stateless Children, Alternative to Detention of Children and the review of the Malaysian Adoption System. She has done training here in Malaysia for the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Agency on the issue of baby selling and child trafficking.

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Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof

Chairman, Yayasan Hasanah

Tan Sri Md Nor Yusof holds a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from the University of Otago, New Zealand and is a qualified Chartered Accountant.  He is also an alumnus of the Advanced Management Program at Wharton School and the Banking and Monetary Program of Harvard University.

 

Tan Sri had spent a significant amount of his career with the CIMB Group where he held several key positions in the group’s subsidiaries, including President and Chief Executive Officer of Bank of Commerce (M) Berhad (now known as CIMB Bank Berhad).

 

Tan Sri had served for a term as the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Malaysian Airline System Berhad after serving a period as Advisor in the Ministry of Finance. He was also a Board Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Chairman of Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad and Lembaga Tabung Haji.

Tan Sri had served for a term as the Executive Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia. Prior to that, he was the Managing Director of Malaysian Airline System Berhad after serving a period as Advisor in the Ministry of Finance. He was also a Board Director of Khazanah Nasional Berhad, Chairman of Pelaburan Hartanah Berhad and Lembaga Tabung Haji.

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Professor Jomo Kwame Sundaram

Senior Research Advisor, Khazanah Research Institute

Jomo Kwame Sundaram is Senior Adviser at the Khazanah Research Institute. He is also Fellow of the Academy of Science, Malaysia, Emeritus Professor at the University of Malaya, Visiting Fellow at the Initiative for Policy Dialogue, Columbia University, and Visiting Professor at the International Islamic University in Malaysia. He was a member of the Economic Action Council, chaired by the Malaysian Prime Minister (2019-2020), and was in the 5-member Council of Eminent Persons appointed by him (May-August 2018). He was also Professor at the University of Malaya (1986-2004), independent member of the National Economic Consultative Council (1989-1991), President of the Malaysian Science

Association, Founding Convener of the International Malaysian Studies Conference, Founder-Chair of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from 2005 until 2012 (2005-2012), Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development (2006-2012), Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2012-2015) and Third Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia (2016-2017).

 

During 2008-2009, Jomo served as adviser to Father Miguel d’Escoto, the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and as a member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. During 2010-2012, he was G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012.

 

He has received several honours and awards for his work including the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and media articles. Jomo was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until November 2004, Founder Director (1978-2004) of the Institute of Social Analysis (INSAN) and Founder Chair (2001-2004) of IDEAs, International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org); he now serves on its Advisory Panel. He was President of the Malaysian Social Science Association (1996-2000), Founding Convenor of the International Malaysian Studies Convention (1997, 1999) and served on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.

Association, Founding Convener of the International Malaysian Studies Conference, Founder-Chair of International Development Economics Associates (IDEAs), UN Assistant Secretary General for Economic Development in the UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs (DESA) from 2005 until 2012 (2005-2012), Research Coordinator for the G24 Intergovernmental Group on International Monetary Affairs and Development (2006-2012), Assistant Director General for Economic and Social Development, Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (2012-2015) and Third Holder of the Tun Hussein Onn Chair in International Studies at the Institute of Strategic and International Studies, Malaysia (2016-2017).

 

During 2008-2009, Jomo served as adviser to Father Miguel d’Escoto, the President of the 63rd United Nations General Assembly, and as a member of the [Stiglitz] Commission of Experts of the President of the United Nations General Assembly on Reforms of the International Monetary and Financial System. During 2010-2012, he was G20 sherpa to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, and also UN G20 Finance Deputy during 2011-2012.

 

He has received several honours and awards for his work including the 2007 Wassily Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought. He has authored and edited over a hundred books and translated 12 volumes besides writing many academic papers and media articles. Jomo was Professor in the Applied Economics Department, Faculty of Economics and Administration, University of Malaya until November 2004, Founder Director (1978-2004) of the Institute of Social Analysis (INSAN) and Founder Chair (2001-2004) of IDEAs, International Development Economics Associates (www.ideaswebsite.org); he now serves on its Advisory Panel. He was President of the Malaysian Social Science Association (1996-2000), Founding Convenor of the International Malaysian Studies Convention (1997, 1999) and served on the Board of the United Nations Research Institute on Social Development (UNRISD), Geneva. He is on the editorial boards of several learned journals.

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Yibin Chu

Head of Community Investing and Development, Asia Pacific, Citi

Yibin Chu is the Asia Pacific Head of Community Investing and Development at Citi, based in Singapore. He leads Citi’s efforts to drive economic opportunity and invest in equitable and inclusive growth of communities in the Asia Pacific region through community partnerships and engagement, and strategic philanthropy of the Citi Foundation.

 

A specialist in poverty reduction and financial inclusion, Yibin has a professional career spanning public, non-profit and private sectors, with fieldwork in over 20 countries across Asia spanning public, non-profit and private sectors, with fieldwork in over 20 countries across Asia Pacific, Africa, North America and the Caribbean. He has a track record in

designing crosscountry large-scale programming, building multi-stakeholder partnerships across all sectors and promoting social innovation and market-based approaches, which includes: 

  • leads the design and implementation of Pathways to Progress in Asia Pacific, a commitment of 3-year US$35 million philanthropic investments from Citi and the Citi Foundation combined with Citi employee volunteers, career development opportunities at Citi, and research to improve the employability of youth from low-income and underserved communities in Asia by 2023. This includes co-creating Youth Co:Lab with UNDP and scaling the program to over 25 countries in Asia Pacific to support youth social entrepreneurship and work with multiple stakeholders across the region to strengthen the ecosystem and policy environment to enable young people to take the lead on new solutions that will help meet the SDGs;
  • co-designed the Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit (2016-2017) and played instrumental role in executing the Citi-FT Financial Education Summit (2013-2015);
  • while at The SEEP Network based in Washington D.C., managed a 4-year, US$8 million global urban value chain development program supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Jamaica and other developing countries, which developed innovative models for sustainable, large-scale enterprise development and increased the incomes of thousands of small enterprises working with vulnerable communities;
  • led the initial project on international adoption of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), building steering committee and strategic partnerships with UN agencies and international NGOs, and developing a training and certification program.

Yibin holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and International Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and a BA in Public Management from Zhejiang Gongshang University, China with highest honors.

designing crosscountry large-scale programming, building multi-stakeholder partnerships across all sectors and promoting social innovation and market-based approaches, which includes: 

  • leads the design and implementation of Pathways to Progress in Asia Pacific, a commitment of 3-year US$35 million philanthropic investments from Citi and the Citi Foundation combined with Citi employee volunteers, career development opportunities at Citi, and research to improve the employability of youth from low-income and underserved communities in Asia by 2023. This includes co-creating Youth Co:Lab with UNDP and scaling the program to over 25 countries in Asia Pacific to support youth social entrepreneurship and work with multiple stakeholders across the region to strengthen the ecosystem and policy environment to enable young people to take the lead on new solutions that will help meet the SDGs;
  • co-designed the Asia Pacific Financial Inclusion Summit (2016-2017) and played instrumental role in executing the Citi-FT Financial Education Summit (2013-2015);
  • while at The SEEP Network based in Washington D.C., managed a 4-year, US$8 million global urban value chain development program supported by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and implemented in India, Indonesia, Kenya, Jamaica and other developing countries, which developed innovative models for sustainable, large-scale enterprise development and increased the incomes of thousands of small enterprises working with vulnerable communities;
  • led the initial project on international adoption of the Minimum Economic Recovery Standards (MERS) supported by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), building steering committee and strategic partnerships with UN agencies and international NGOs, and developing a training and certification program.

Yibin holds a master’s degree in Public Policy and International Development from the Johns Hopkins University, USA and a BA in Public Management from Zhejiang Gongshang University, China with highest honors.

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Louise Pulford

Chief Executive Officer, Social Innovation Exchange

Louise Pulford is the Chief Executive Officer, of SIX, a social innovation exchange built on mutual value, relationships and knowledge. SIX works globally to facilitate purposeful cross-sector conversations that challenge and inspire people to advance the field of social innovation. Louise has been responsible for building SIX over the last 6 years. Under her leadership, SIX spun out of the Young Foundation in 2013.

 

Louise leads a team of 9 spread across London and Canada to advance the field of social innovation through major programmes of work with foundations, universities, corporates and governments. Louise is also building SIX’s work to advance culture change within organisations.

Louise is a seasoned speaker on building networks, the value of exchange and social innovation globally, and regularly designs and facilitates social innovation training programmes for governments, foundations and universities around the world. Louise also publishes regular articles on networks and social innovation.

Louise has worked on social innovation with the European Commission since 2010 and she sits on the Mayor of Seoul’s Advisory group for social innovation.

Louise is a seasoned speaker on building networks, the value of exchange and social innovation globally, and regularly designs and facilitates social innovation training programmes for governments, foundations and universities around the world. Louise also publishes regular articles on networks and social innovation.

Louise has worked on social innovation with the European Commission since 2010 and she sits on the Mayor of Seoul’s Advisory group for social innovation.

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Professor Dato’ Dr Ahmad Faizal Mohd Perdaus

President, MERCY Malaysia

President Professor Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal Mohd. Perdaus obtained his Bachelor of Medical Science in 1989 from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia, followed by his Master’s degree in Internal Medicine in 2000. He was accredited as a Respiratory Physician in 2003. He is now attached to KPJ Damansara Specialist Hospital as a Consultant Physician (Internal Medicine, Respiratory and Sleep Medicine). He previously was a Consultant Physician (Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine) at Hospital Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia (HUKM), where he also served as a Senior Lecturer in Internal Medicine and Respiratory Medicine in the University’s Faculty of Medicine. He was a Visiting Research Fellow at the Woolcock Institute of Medical Research, Sydney, Australia from 2006 to 2009.

His involvement with MERCY Malaysia began in 2003, when he signed on as a volunteer. He was made a member of MERCY Malaysia’s Executive Council in the same year. He headed the Drug Rehabilitation and Assistance Programme in Malaysia from 2003 to 2006, before being elected as President in 2010, after acting in interim since August 2009. He was re-elected in 2011. In 2014, he was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for MERCY Malaysia UK (MMUK). Professor Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal’s tours of duty include Sri Lanka (2003), Iran (2004), Sudan (2004, 2008), Indonesia (2005, 2006), Pakistan (2005), Myanmar (2008), Syria (2013) and Philippines (2013).

He currently sits on the boards of Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), of which MERCY Malaysia is a member. He became the first Asian to be elected as Chairperson of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as one of three NGO representatives globally. The IASC is the highest decision making and direction forming body in the humanitarian world and is chaired by the Under Secretary General (USG) for humanitarian affairs Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) of the United Nations (UN). On 6th April 2021, he received the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia which granted him the title Professor.

His involvement with MERCY Malaysia began in 2003, when he signed on as a volunteer. He was made a member of MERCY Malaysia’s Executive Council in the same year. He headed the Drug Rehabilitation and Assistance Programme in Malaysia from 2003 to 2006, before being elected as President in 2010, after acting in interim since August 2009. He was re-elected in 2011. In 2014, he was also appointed to the Board of Trustees for MERCY Malaysia UK (MMUK). Professor Dato’ Dr. Ahmad Faizal’s tours of duty include Sri Lanka (2003), Iran (2004), Sudan (2004, 2008), Indonesia (2005, 2006), Pakistan (2005), Myanmar (2008), Syria (2013) and Philippines (2013).

 

He currently sits on the boards of Humanitarian Innovation Fund (HIF), Advanced Training Program on Humanitarian Action (ATHA) and Professionals in Humanitarian Assistance and Protection (PHAP), of which MERCY Malaysia is a member. He became the first Asian to be elected as Chairperson of the International Council of Voluntary Agencies (ICVA). ICVA is on the Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC) as one of three NGO representatives globally. The IASC is the highest decision making and direction forming body in the humanitarian world and is chaired by the Under Secretary General (USG) for humanitarian affairs Emergency Relief Coordinator (ERC) of the United Nations (UN). On 6th April 2021, he received the Honorary Doctor of Philosophy in Medical Sciences from Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia which granted him the title Professor.

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Caroline Russell

Trustee of Yayasan Hasanah

Caroline Russell is currently the Chairman of BOH Plantations Sdn Bhd. A Malaysian citizen, Caroline, was born in Kuala Lumpur but received most of her education in Scotland.

Caroline’s involvement in BOH Plantations began in 1988 when she joined the marketing department of the company upon graduation from the University of Edinburgh, where she obtained a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours).

 

Having been engaged in various aspects of the business, Caroline has been instrumental intaking the brand further while leveraging on the rich legacy established by her predecessors.

Caroline assumed the role as General Manager of BOH in 1988 and was responsible for downstream operations. In 2002, the management of the estates was also placed under her supervision. In 2003, she assumed the position of CEO and was also appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2017.

 

Sharing in the same passion to create well-loved teas as her late grandfather, J.A. Russell, Caroline continues to play an important role as custodian to the BOH brand. She is committed to ensure that BOH retains its position as among the finest tea specialists in the world, mastering the art of tea, from tea bush to tea cup and delighting both domestic and international tea lovers with its range of distinctive teas.

 

In fact, BOH is today among only a few tea companies in the world to plant, harvest, process, package and market their own teas. With complete control of operations, the brand is able to maintain the high quality highland teas that BOH is known for – distinctive, robust, quality and aromatic. Ada BOH, Ada Ummph!

 

During her tenure, Caroline relaunched one of BOH’s trademark teas, the Cameronian Gold Blend and introduced local palates to the Seri Songket range of exotic flavoured teas including other range of teas such as the Green teas, Herb and Fruit Spa Infusion, the Malay Herb teas as well as an extended range of BOH instant tea mixes.

Under her leadership, BOH renovated the BOH Sungei Palas Tea Centre in 2007 which is today an award-winning facility that has hosted countless visitors on a tea discovery journey amidst the lush greenery of the Sungei Palas Tea Garden. In 2019, a new wing with extended facilities has been built to provide visitors with an enhanced sensorial experience.

 

With a strong interest in the Malaysian performing arts, Russell lends her support through the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Awards while her passion for the environment has resulted in collaborations with various associations over the years, namely, WWF-Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, Global Environment Centre and Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre.

 

Caroline is a Director of several associate companies including Teh Dara Sdn Bhd and Nerada (Pty) Ltd, a tea growing and marketing operation in Australia.

Caroline is currently a member of The Council of Yayasan Sime Darby and has served as a member of the General Committee of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) from 2006 – 2012. She also served on the Board of WWF- Malaysia in the past.

Caroline assumed the role as General Manager of BOH in 1988 and was responsible for downstream operations. In 2002, the management of the estates was also placed under her supervision. In 2003, she assumed the position of CEO and was also appointed as Deputy Chairman in 2017.

 

Sharing in the same passion to create well-loved teas as her late grandfather, J.A. Russell, Caroline continues to play an important role as custodian to the BOH brand. She is committed to ensure that BOH retains its position as among the finest tea specialists in the world, mastering the art of tea, from tea bush to tea cup and delighting both domestic and international tea lovers with its range of distinctive teas.

 

In fact, BOH is today among only a few tea companies in the world to plant, harvest, process, package and market their own teas. With complete control of operations, the brand is able to maintain the high quality highland teas that BOH is known for – distinctive, robust, quality and aromatic. Ada BOH, Ada Ummph!

 

During her tenure, Caroline relaunched one of BOH’s trademark teas, the Cameronian Gold Blend and introduced local palates to the Seri Songket range of exotic flavoured teas including other range of teas such as the Green teas, Herb and Fruit Spa Infusion, the Malay Herb teas as well as an extended range of BOH instant tea mixes.

Under her leadership, BOH renovated the BOH Sungei Palas Tea Centre in 2007 which is today an award-winning facility that has hosted countless visitors on a tea discovery journey amidst the lush greenery of the Sungei Palas Tea Garden. In 2019, a new wing with extended facilities has been built to provide visitors with an enhanced sensorial experience.

 

With a strong interest in the Malaysian performing arts, Russell lends her support through the prestigious BOH Cameronian Arts Awards while her passion for the environment has resulted in collaborations with various associations over the years, namely, WWF-Malaysia, Malaysian Nature Society, Global Environment Centre and Tropical Rainforest Conservation and Research Centre.

 

Caroline is a Director of several associate companies including Teh Dara Sdn Bhd and Nerada (Pty) Ltd, a tea growing and marketing operation in Australia.

Caroline is currently a member of The Council of Yayasan Sime Darby and has served as a member of the General Committee of the Malaysian International Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MICCI) from 2006 – 2012. She also served on the Board of WWF- Malaysia in the past.

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Tan Sri Zarinah Anwar

Trustee, Yayasan Hasanah

Tan Sri Zarinah is the Chairman of the Institute of Corporate Directors Malaysia.

She is the former Chairman of the Securities Commission Malaysia (SC), a position she held for six years until her retirement in March 2012. She was prior to this, the SC’s Deputy Chief Executive from December 2001.

 

At the SC, Tan Sri Zarinah served as Vice Chairman of the 86 member Emerging Markets Committee of the International Organisation of Securities Commissions and was a member of he Monitoring Board of the IFRS Foundation. on. She also served two terms as the Chairman of the ASEAN Capital Markets Forum, a network of capital market regulators established under the auspices of the ASEAN Finance Ministers to promote the development of ASEAN capital markets.

Under her leadership, the SC issued the Corporate Governance Blueprint 2011 which incorporated recommendations aimed at closing gaps, elevating standards and establishing a good corporate governance culture amongst public listed companies by encouraging the integration of principles, ethics and values into the decision making process of a business, as well as ensuring board diversity to promote inclusive growth.

 

Prior to joining the SC, Tan Sri Zarinah was Deputy Chairman of Shell Malaysia. She spent 22 years with the Shell Group serving in various capacities across the company’s business interests in Malaysia. She headed the legal, HR, Corporate Affairs and HSE functions of Shell Malaysia and was an integral member of its business re-engineering team and oversaw Shell Malaysia’s organisational effectiveness function. She was a member of the boards of directors of several Shell entities in Malaysia as well as the Group’s Global Diversity Council.

 

She had served as non-executive Chairman of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV), a member of the Board of PETRONAS and PNB, a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.

 

Tan Sri Zarinah is currently a member of the Boards of Trustee of the Razak School of Government, Yayasan Hasanah, Amanah Warisan Negara and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

 

She is also a Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), a member of the Board of Directors of University of Malaya and member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom.

 

An advocate of gender diversity, Tan Sri Zarinah is a Founding Chairman of the 30% Club, Malaysia, a business campaign to help drive higher women representation in leadership positions and on corporate boards.

 

Tan Sri Zarinah holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malaya.

Under her leadership, the SC issued the Corporate Governance Blueprint 2011 which incorporated recommendations aimed at closing gaps, elevating standards and establishing a good corporate governance culture amongst public listed companies by encouraging the integration of principles, ethics and values into the decision making process of a business, as well as ensuring board diversity to promote inclusive growth.

 

Prior to joining the SC, Tan Sri Zarinah was Deputy Chairman of Shell Malaysia. She spent 22 years with the Shell Group serving in various capacities across the company’s business interests in Malaysia. She headed the legal, HR, Corporate Affairs and HSE functions of Shell Malaysia and was an integral member of its business re-engineering team and oversaw Shell Malaysia’s organisational effectiveness function. She was a member of the boards of directors of several Shell entities in Malaysia as well as the Group’s Global Diversity Council.

 

She had served as non-executive Chairman of Malaysia Debt Ventures Berhad (MDV), a member of the Board of PETRONAS and PNB, a member of the Academic Advisory Council of Universiti Teknologi PETRONAS and visiting fellow at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom. She was also a member of the Advisory Board of the Emirates Securities and Commodities Authority.

 

Tan Sri Zarinah is currently a member of the Boards of Trustee of the Razak School of Government, Yayasan Hasanah, Amanah Warisan Negara and the Jeffrey Cheah Foundation.

 

She is also a Pro-Chancellor of Universiti Teknologi Mara (UiTM), a member of the Board of Directors of University of Malaya and member of the Board of Trustees of the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies, United Kingdom.

 

An advocate of gender diversity, Tan Sri Zarinah is a Founding Chairman of the 30% Club, Malaysia, a business campaign to help drive higher women representation in leadership positions and on corporate boards.

 

Tan Sri Zarinah holds an LLB (Hons) from the University of Malaya.

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DAY 1 – 17 Nov 2021 – 4.50pm – 5.30pm

 

Special Session: Learning From The Pandemic

– Weaving In A Social Justice Perspective

 

The session will explore lessons learned from managing the pandemic and its impact on communities and vulnerable groups towards a more community-centred and inclusive response.

 

Professor Dato’ Dr Adeeba Kamarulzaman, Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine, WHO Science Council Member, and Member, National Recovery Council, in conversation with Assistant Professor Dr. Melati, Assistant Professor of Economics at the Asia School of Business and a Research Affiliate at MIT Sloan School of Management.

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Sasibai Kimis

Founder, Earth Heir

Sasibai Kimis left a successful career in the finance industry to start the award-winning, Malaysian conscious lifestyle brand and social enterprise, EARTH HEIR®. Earth Heir’s story began with a desire to create thoughtfully designed, contemporary heritage pieces handcrafted by master artisans in Malaysia. Earth Heir is Fair Trade certified by the World Fair Trade Organisation and works with disappearing heritage art forms handcrafted by women, refugees and indigenous persons.

 

Earth Heir won the British Council and Arthur Guinness Projects Social Enterprise Award 2015 and Sasibai was one of Wharton’s “40 under 40” award winners in 2015 and an 

Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program. She is also a Vital Voices Grow 2019 Fellow, and an Asia21 Young Leader 2017 with the Asia Society. She was also recently awarded the Tatler Hero Award 2020.

 

Prior to Earth Heir, Sasi was a Vice President in the Investments division at Khazanah Nasional (Malaysia), a Director in the Private Equity team at First Avenue Partners LLP (London), worked in Ghana with Opportunities Industrialization Centers International and the United Nations Development Program, and in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers.

 

Sasibai received a B.S in Economics (Finance and Management) cum laude from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University. She has spoken widely at universities, conferences (such as TEDx) and forums in Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Indonesia, U.K., United States, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.

Eisenhower Fellow in the 2015 Women’s Leadership Program. She is also a Vital Voices Grow 2019 Fellow, and an Asia21 Young Leader 2017 with the Asia Society. She was also recently awarded the Tatler Hero Award 2020.

 

Prior to Earth Heir, Sasi was a Vice President in the Investments division at Khazanah Nasional (Malaysia), a Director in the Private Equity team at First Avenue Partners LLP (London), worked in Ghana with Opportunities Industrialization Centers International and the United Nations Development Program, and in New York as an Investment Banking Analyst at Lehman Brothers.

 

Sasibai received a B.S in Economics (Finance and Management) cum laude from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and an M.Phil in Environment and Development from Cambridge University. She has spoken widely at universities, conferences (such as TEDx) and forums in Malaysia, Mauritius, Singapore, Indonesia, U.K., United States, Switzerland, Japan and Australia.

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Anita Ahmad

Lead of Community Development, Yayasan Hasanah

Anita is currently the Lead for Community Development and Humanitarian Disaster Relief in Hasanah Foundation. In this role, she strategizes and implements community based socio-economic interventions with civil society organisation partners in low income urban and rural areas. She also manages funds and coordinates with the government, government linked companies under the banner of the GLC Disaster Response Network (GDRN), and NGOs in responding to humanitarian needs including the current COVID-19 pandemic.

 

She has 20 years’ experience in different capacities in the non-profit sector including in the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Malaysia and the NGO MERCY Malaysia. 

At the UN, she supported the Government of Malaysia in developing and advocating policies on gender equality as well as the rights of indigenous people and persons with disabilities. At MERCY, she coordinated and implemented humanitarian projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Jordan amongst others.

 

In 2017, Anita was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship and the John S. Wolf Fellowship during which time she spent two months in the US understanding different organisations’ approaches to community development. She has a masters’ degree in social development (during which time she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship) and a bachelors’ degree in law, from the UK.

At the UN, she supported the Government of Malaysia in developing and advocating policies on gender equality as well as the rights of indigenous people and persons with disabilities. At MERCY, she coordinated and implemented humanitarian projects in Afghanistan, Iraq, Sudan, Syria and Jordan amongst others.

 

In 2017, Anita was awarded the Eisenhower Fellowship and the John S. Wolf Fellowship during which time she spent two months in the US understanding different organisations’ approaches to community development. She has a masters’ degree in social development (during which time she was awarded the Chevening Scholarship) and a bachelors’ degree in law, from the UK.

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Naina Subberwal Batra

Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer, AVPN (Asian Venture Philanthropy Network)

Naina joined AVPN as our CEO from September 2013, and was appointed Chairperson in May 2018. Naina’s leadership over the past 7 years has nurtured the AVPN community, growing the membership base by more than 4x and elevating the organization into a truly regional force for good. Under her direction, the organization has grown from focusing only on Venture Philanthropy to supporting the entire ecosystem of social investors, from philanthropists to impact investors and corporate CSR professionals. She has also been instrumental in developing AVPN’s innovative services that connect, empower and educate the now 600+ members of AVPN. In 2019, Naina was awarded one of Asia’s Top Sustainability Superwomen by CSRWorks. She is also serving as Board Member of the Global Resilient Cities Network and Trustee at Bridge Institute.

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit at The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

 

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

Prior to joining AVPN, Naina was a member of the senior leadership team of a purpose driven unit at The Monitor Group, a leading global strategy consulting firm, aimed at catalyzing markets for social change. Naina was also partner and Co-Founder of Group Fifty Private Ltd, curating contemporary Indian art with a view to provide a medium for upcoming and established Indian artists to showcase their work directly to a large and diverse audience.

 

Naina has a master’s degree in Industrial and Labor Relations from Cornell University where she graduated at the top of her class. She also holds a bachelor degree in Economics and International Relations from Mount Holyoke College, Massachusetts, USA and a General Course Diploma in economics from The London School of Economics.

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Dato' Prof. Dr. Adeeba Kamarulzaman

Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at University of Malaya’s Faculty of Medicine, WHO Science Council Member, and Member, National Recovery Council

Professor Adeeba Kamarulzaman is a Professor of Medicine and Infectious Diseases at Universiti Malaya and an Adjunct Associate Professor at Yale University. She was the Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, UM from 2011 to 2019. She is presently Chair of the UM Medical Centre COVID-19 Task Force and a member of National Recovery Council.

 

Professor Adeeba has played a leading role in the response to the HIV epidemic in Malaysia and globally and is currently the Chairman of the Malaysian AIDS Foundation and  President of the International AIDS Society, is a member of the WHO Science Council, UNAIDS Advisory Group and WHO Academy’s Quality Committee. Her achievements have been recognised through several national and international awards including an Honorary Doctor of Laws from her alma mater, Monash University, for her contributions to medicine and as a health advocate.

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Anshu Gupta

Founder, GOONJ

Popularly known as the Clothing Man and the recipient of 2015 Ramon Magsaysay award, Anshu Gupta founded Goonj with a mission to highlight some basic but ignored needs of people on the development agenda, using clothing as a metaphor. Anshu studied mass communication apart from doing a Masters in Economics and started as a freelance journalist. He left a corporate communication job in 1998 and initiated Goonj..

 

Under his leadership Goonj has taken the alarming growth of urban waste and turned it into a tool to trigger large scale work on various rural development issues. An Ashoka and Schwab Fellow for entrepreneurship, Anshu is creatively and flexibly matching and seamlessly weaving urban surplus into the changing priorities & realities of rural marginalized communities. He has built the genesis of a parallel

Using the discard of the cities and efforts and knowledge of the poor as a new resource for eliminating poverty, Anshu’s work offers the world a sustainable economic model. By prioritizing the dignity of the receiver and putting the decision making back into their hands. Anshu has also added ‘dignity’ as an important lens to define development for people.


Under Anshu’s leadership Goonj has done massive disaster relief and rehab work pan India, turning every disaster into an opportunity to reach resources and attention to the most ignored communities. Listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs, Anshu and Goonj have received a series national and international recognition on innovation, entrepreneurship, governance and public service including World Bank’s development Market place award, Changemakers Innovation award to Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Fair Business Practices


A foody, an entrepreneur, a thinker, a doer, an avid traveler, photographer and a journalist by heart, Anshu often pens prose and poetry, giving vent to his feelings and opinions on the issues that bother him about the world around him.


The citation of 2015 Magsaysay award, popularly known as the Noble Prize of Asia conferred on him says – “The Board of Trustees recognizes his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.”

Using the discard of the cities and efforts and knowledge of the poor as a new resource for eliminating poverty, Anshu’s work offers the world a sustainable economic model. By prioritizing the dignity of the receiver and putting the decision making back into their hands. Anshu has also added ‘dignity’ as an important lens to define development for people.

 

Under Anshu’s leadership Goonj has done massive disaster relief and rehab work pan India, turning every disaster into an opportunity to reach resources and attention to the most ignored communities. Listed by the Forbes magazine as one of India’s most powerful rural entrepreneurs, Anshu and Goonj have received a series national and international recognition on innovation, entrepreneurship, governance and public service including World Bank’s development Market place award, Changemakers Innovation award to Jamnalal Bajaj Award for Fair Business Practices

 

A foody, an entrepreneur, a thinker, a doer, an avid traveler, photographer and a journalist by heart, Anshu often pens prose and poetry, giving vent to his feelings and opinions on the issues that bother him about the world around him.

The citation of 2015 Magsaysay award, popularly known as the Noble Prize of Asia conferred on him says – “The Board of Trustees recognizes his creative vision in transforming the culture of giving in India, his enterprising leadership in treating cloth as a sustainable development resource for the poor, and in reminding the world that true giving always respects and preserves human dignity.”

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Datuk Dr Anis Yusal Yusoff

Principal Research Fellow at Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA),
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Datuk Dr. Anis Yusal has been a Principal Research Fellow at the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), National University of Malaysia (UKM) since January 2009. Between 2015 – 2020, he was seconded to help lead 3 agencies under the Prime Minister’s Department. He was made the fourth President and CEO of the Malaysian Institute of Integrity (INTEGRITI), the Founding Director General of the National Department for Integrity and Good Governanceand as the Founding Deputy Director General of the National Centre for Governance, Integrity and Anti-Corruption (GIACC). During this period he also served as Secretary to the National Consultative Council onPolitical Funding, Chairman of the Technical Committee of the National Consultative Council on Political Funding and as Chairman of the Drafting Committee of the Political Donation Act 2020.

Datuk Dr Anis Yusal was an Adjunct Professor at INPUMA University Malaya and at Tun Hussein Onn University – (2018 -2020). Prior to joining KITA, Datuk Dr Anis Yusal spent more than ten years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) including a stint with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Headquarters in Bonn, Germany.

 

 

Other notable national advisory councils he previously served include as Chairman of Majlis Perundingan Keharmonian Rakyat (MPKR), member of The Election Reform Committee, member of The Investigation Committee for Governance, Government Procurement and Financial Procedures, member of the Advisory Panel for The Consultation and Prevention of Corruption under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, advisory member of the panel for the National Advisory Consumers Council and advisory member of the National Unity and Integration.

 

 

Datuk Dr Anis Yusal was Deputy Chairman and Commissioner of The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, appointed by DYMM Yang Di Pertuan Agong from 2014 – July 2018.

 

 

He has been actively speaking and writing on issues related to people and development and his research and writings have been published as books, chapters in books, and as articles in a number of journals and newspapers. The national media also regularly invites him as an analyst of Malaysian socio-politics to discuss areas related to corruption, money politics and ethnic relations.

 

 

SOME SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:

 

 

1. Information and Indigenous Technological Capacity in Developing Countries, [co-author with Marta Dosa] in Across All Borders: International Information Flows and Applications, Scarecrow Press, London, 1997.
2. Understanding ICT for Development Thematic in Malaysia: A Sourcebook, [co-author with Sharon Y.P. Lim] published by UNDP, Kuala Lumpur, 2003.
3. Political Integrity in Malaysia: Towards a Better Understanding, [Co-editor with Zubayry Abady and Mohd Rais Ramli]. Published by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity, Kuala Lumpur, 2009.
4. Managing Peace in Malaysia: a case study, [co-author with Shamsul A.B.] published by the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM, Kuala Lumpur, 2011.
5. Combatting Corruption: Understanding Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia, (Co-author with Jenny Gryzelius & Sri Murniati) published by Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Kuala Lumpur, 2013.
6. Recentring Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption in Malaysia: New Institutions, New Policies and the Will to Change. [Co-Editor with Abu Kassim Mohamed] Published by GIACC and UNDP, Putrajaya, 2020.

Datuk Dr Anis Yusal was an Adjunct Professor at INPUMA University Malaya and at Tun Hussein Onn University – (2018-2020). Prior to joining KITA, Datuk Dr Anis Yusal spent more than ten years with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) including a stint with the United Nations Volunteers (UNV) Headquarters in Bonn, Germany.


Other notable national advisory councils he previously served include as Chairman of Majlis Perundingan Keharmonian Rakyat (MPKR), member of The Election Reform Committee, member of The Investigation Committee for Governance, Government Procurement and Financial Procedures, member of the Advisory Panel for The Consultation and Prevention of Corruption under the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission, advisory member of the panel for the National Advisory Consumers Council and advisory member of theNational Unity and Integration.


Datuk Dr Anis Yusal was Deputy Chairman and Commissioner of The Enforcement Agency Integrity Commission, appointed by DYMM Yang DiPertuan Agong from 2014 – July 2018.


He has been actively speaking and writing on issues related to people and development and his research and writings have been published as books, chapters in books, and as articles in a number of journals and newspapers. The national media also regularly invites him as an analyst of Malaysian socio-politics to discuss areas related to corruption, money politics and ethnic relations.


SOME SELECTED PUBLICATIONS:


1. Information and Indigenous Technological Capacity in Developing Countries, [co-author with Marta Dosa] in Across All Borders: International Information Flows and Applications, Scarecrow Press, London, 1997.
2. Understanding ICT for Development Thematic in Malaysia: A Sourcebook, [co-author with Sharon Y.P. Lim] published by UNDP, Kuala Lumpur, 2003.
3. Political Integrity in Malaysia: Towards a Better Understanding, [Co-editor with Zubayry Abady and Mohd Rais Ramli]. Published by the Malaysian Institute of Integrity, Kuala Lumpur, 2009.
4. Managing Peace in Malaysia: a case study, [co-author with Shamsul A.B.] published by the Institute of Ethnic Studies (KITA), UKM, Kuala Lumpur, 2011.
5. Combatting Corruption: Understanding Anti-Corruption Initiatives in Malaysia, (Co-author with Jenny Gryzelius & Sri Murniati) published by Institute for Democracy and Economic Affairs (IDEAS), Kuala Lumpur, 2013.
6. Recentring Governance, Integrity & Anti-Corruption in Malaysia: New Institutions, New Policies and the Will to Change. [Co-Editor with Abu Kassim Mohamed] Published by GIACC and UNDP, Putrajaya, 2020.

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Leong Cheung

Executive Director Charities & Community, The Hong Kong Jockey Club

Mr Leong Cheung is the Executive Director of Charities & Community at The Hong Kong Jockey Club. In this capacity he is also the co-chair of the Hong Kong Chapter of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Solutions Network.

 

Prior to joining the Club, Mr Leong was the Operating Partner with Bain Capital. Before that he was the Managing Director of Global Sourcing & Supply Chain at Esquel Group, the founder and CEO of an education focused Internet venture, and a senior consultant at the Boston Consulting Group. up. Mr Cheung is also the co-founder of an innovative social enterprise, RunOurCity.

In addition to his present roles, Mr Cheung is active in the community. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food. He is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited and is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Mr Cheung has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In addition to his present roles, Mr Cheung is active in the community. He currently serves as the chairperson of the Committee on Reduction of Salt and Sugar in Food. He is a director of the Hong Kong Mortgage Corporation Limited and is an adjunct professor at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

 

Mr Cheung has an MBA from Harvard Business School and a BBA from the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

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Tan Sri Dr. Jemilah Mahmood

Professor and Executive Director, Sunway Centre for Planetary Health;

Pro-Chancellor of Heriot-Watt University Malaysia

Dr. Mahmood is a medical professional with more than two decades experience managing crises in health, disasters and conflict settings. She is currently Professor and Director of the newly established Sunway Centre for Planetary Health in Malaysia. She is also the Pro-Chancellor of Herriot-Watt University Malaysia. She had been the Special Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia on Public Health from April 2020-September 2021. She was also a member of the Government of Malaysia’s Economic Action Council, and currently on the Malaysian Climate Action Council and Consultative Council for Foreign Policy.

 

Her previous appointments include the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations, and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia a southern based international humanitarian organization.

 

Dr. Mahmood is currently on the board of the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and ALAM Foundation in Malaysia and is the first independent Chair of Oxfam International. In 2020, she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work including the Merdeka Award, Isa Humanitarian Award, Gandhi, Ikeda, Luther King Award for her contribution to peace, community development and humanitarian work.

 

Dr Mahmood graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) has a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the same university and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists United Kingdom. She also completed executive education at the International Management and Development Centre, IMD Lausanne.

Her previous appointments include the Under Secretary General for Partnerships at the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC), Chief of the World Humanitarian Summit secretariat at the United Nations, and Chief of the Humanitarian Response Branch at UNFPA. She is the founder of MERCY Malaysia a southern based international humanitarian organization.

 

Dr. Mahmood is currently on the board of the Employees Provident Fund of Malaysia and ALAM Foundation in Malaysia and is the first independent Chair of Oxfam International. In 2020, she was appointed a Senior Fellow of the Adrienne Arsht-Rockefeller Foundation Resilience Centre. She is the recipient of numerous national and international awards for her work including the Merdeka Award, Isa Humanitarian Award, Gandhi, Ikeda, Luther King Award for her contribution to peace, community development and humanitarian work.

 

Dr Mahmood graduated as a Doctor of Medicine (MD) has a Masters in Obstetrics & Gynaecology from the same university and is a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists United Kingdom. She also completed executive education at the International Management and Development Centre, IMD Lausanne.

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Kate Raworth

Co-Founder, Doughnut Economics Action Lab and Author,

“Doughnut Economics (Seven Ways to Think Like a 21st Century Economist)”

Kate Raworth (sounds like ‘Ray-worth’) is a renegade economist focused on making economics fit for 21st century realities. She is the creator of the Doughnut of social and planetary boundaries, and co-founder of Doughnut Economics Action Lab.

 

 

Her internationally best selling book Doughnut Economics: seven ways to think like a 21st century economist has been translated into over 20 languages and has been widely influential with diverse audiences, from the UN General Assembly to Pope Francis to Extinction Rebellion.

Kate is a Senior Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.


Over the past 25 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.


She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and currently serves on the World Health Organisation Council on the Economics of Health for All.


Kate has written extensively for media including The Guardian, The New Statesman, Newsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programmes including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”.


She blogs at www.kateraworth.com and tweets @kateraworth.

Kate is a Senior Associate at Oxford University’s Environmental Change Institute, where she teaches on the Masters in Environmental Change and Management. She is also Professor of Practice at Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences.

 

Over the past 25 years, Kate’s career has taken her from working with micro-entrepreneurs in the villages of Zanzibar to co-authoring the Human Development Report for UNDP in New York, followed by a decade as Senior Researcher at Oxfam.

 

She holds a first class BA in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and an MSc in Economics for Development, both from Oxford University. She is a member of the Club of Rome and currently serves on the World Health Organisation Council on the Economics of Health for All.

 

Kate has written extensively for media including The Guardian, The New Statesman, Newsweek.com, and Wired.com, and has contributed to many radio programmes including for BBC Radio 4, The World Service, ABC and NPR, as well as television including CNN World News, Al-Jazeera, BBC, ITV and CBC. The Guardian has named her as “one of the top ten tweeters on economic transformation”.

 

She blogs at www.kateraworth.com and tweets @kateraworth.

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Melisa Melina Idris

Senior Editor, Astro Awani

A journalist with 15 years of experience working in news media – newswires, print, online, radio and television – Melisa is currently Assistant Vice President & Senior Editor at Astro AWANI, where she anchors of several talk shows including “Consider This” & “The Future Is Female”. Prior to her foray into television, she was the Executive Producer & Anchor of the morning drive-time show for business radio station, BFM89.9.

 

Throughout her career, Melisa has interviewed international thought leaders and newsmakers including: Nobel Prize – winning economist Joseph Stiglitz, theoretical physicist Professor Michio Kaku, the world’s first humanoid Artificial Intelligence SOPHIA the Robot, and former Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamed.

Melisa holds a Master in Journalism from New South Wales University, Sydney, and is an Economics & Public Administration graduate from Universiti Malaya. In 20217, she was a Wolfson Press Fellow with Cambridge University, researching news media in the era of Post-Truth & Disinformation.

Melisa holds a Master in Journalism from New South Wales University, Sydney, and is an Economics & Public Administration graduate from Universiti Malaya. In 20217, she was a Wolfson Press Fellow with Cambridge University, researching news media in the era of Post-Truth & Disinformation.

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Kon Onn Sein

Director, Foundation for Community Studies and Development
(Yayasan Kajian & Pembangunan Masyarakat)

Kon is the managing director of the Foundation for Community Studies and Development covering poverty alleviation and community development programmes, among the Orang Asli and the urban poor. Since 2015, he has focused on developing a shared prosperity community enterprise in natural farming to empower the Orang Asli in sustainable livelihood and environment.

 

Kon actively does programmes at grass root and forums at both local and global platforms. 

He has also sat in a number of working committees for SUHAKAM (National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia)in Orang Asli development and as a national steering member of the OA Micro grant Facility under MOF and UNDP. He is also a Malaysian representative of ASIAN Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) and the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) that promotes fair and just businesses. Kon is also a member of CSO – SDG Alliance, a civil society partnership with EPU.


His training was in law, a member of the Inner Temple and holds a MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex under a Chevening scholarship.


Publication:
Leaving No one behind : Localising SDGs post Covid 19: SDGs and the Well Being of the Orang Asal and Orang Asli – Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, Feb 2021

He has also sat in a number of working committees for SUHAKAM (National Human Rights Commission of Malaysia) in Orang Asli development and as a national steering member of the OA Micro grant Facility under MOF and UNDP. He is also a Malaysian representative of ASIAN Solidarity Economy Council (ASEC) and the Intercontinental Network for the Promotion of Social Solidarity Economy (RIPESS) that promotes fair and just businesses. Kon is also a member of CSO – SDG Alliance, a civil society partnership with EPU.

 

His training was in law, a member of the Inner Temple and holds a MA in Social Development from the University of Sussex under a Chevening scholarship.

 

Publication:
Leaving No one behind : Localising SDGs post Covid 19: SDGs and the Well Being of the Orang Asal and Orang Asli – Institute of Strategic and International Studies Malaysia, Feb 2021

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Rashvin Pal Singh

Group Chief Executive Officer, Biji-Biji Initiative & Me.reka

Rashvin is the Group CEO of Biji-biji Initiative, which is one of Malaysia’s pioneering and award winning Social Enterprise that champions sustainability. Biji-biji Initiative comprises subsidiaries across a few industries, in Ethical Fashion, Circular Economy Solutions, and their latest venture Me.reka, which is an innovative and alternative education model, designed to build 21st Century talents. In 2018, Me.reka completed its equity crowdfunding round to raise RM1.6m from 121 unique investors through PitchIn. Me.reka operates a 12,000 sq feet Makerspace in Publika, Kuala Lumpur, and another with Taylor’s University called Taylor’s Me.reka Makerspace.

Rashvin plays a regular role in global programs and speaking engagements, he was a panel speaker at the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa and was selected as an Obama Leader in the Asia Pacific inaugural cohort. Rashvin graduated with an Accounting and Finance degree from Bristol Business School, United Kingdom. He spent 4 years of his early career in the corporate world, as a Manager at the Advisory Division of PwC Malaysia.

Rashvin plays a regular role in global programs and speaking engagements, he was a panel speaker at the Social Enterprise World Forum (SEWF) 2019 in Addis Ababa and was selected as an Obama Leader in the Asia Pacific inaugural cohort. Rashvin graduated with an Accounting and Finance degree from Bristol Business School, United Kingdom. He spent 4 years of his early career in the corporate world, as a Manager at the Advisory Division of PwC Malaysia.

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YB Hannah Yeoh

Former Minister of Women, Family and Community Development

Hannah Yeoh is the former Deputy Minister of Women, Family and Community Development. She is also the current Member of Parliament for P117 Segambut, a parliamentary constituency in the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur which she contested for in the historic General Elections of 2018 as a Pakatan Harapan candidate.

 

She was the Speaker of the Selangor State Legislative Assembly from 2013-2018, making her the first woman Speaker and the youngest of any legislative body in Malaysia. Prior to her election into Parliament, she served two terms in the Selangor State Legislative Assembly as the State Assemblyman for the constituency of N31 Subang Jaya (2008-2018).

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practicing lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before venturing into politics. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls.

She holds a Bachelor of Laws and was a practicing lawyer in Australia and Malaysia before venturing into politics. Hannah is married to Ramachandran Muniandy and they are parents to two beautiful girls.

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Jalil Rasheed

Group Chief Executive Officer, Berjaya Corporation Berhad

Jalil Rasheed brings with him more than 18 years of experience in senior leadership and investment roles in Europe & Asia. He was previously the CEO of Malaysia’s largest state investment fund, PNB and the youngest to helm the role at 37 years old.

 

He is currently the Group CEO of Berjaya Corporation Berhad, a diversified Consumer Group with businesses involving retail, food, hospitality, real estate, environment and
digital spanning across 18 countries.
Jalil Rasheed is the first non-family member to lead the company which generates approximately US$5 billion in revenue with over 8,000 employees globally.

Jalil is a passionate football fan and currently sits on the board of Cardiff City FC (UK), K.V. Kortrijk (Belgium), and FK Sarajevo (Bosnia).
He is also a Presidential Council member of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

Current appointments

Chairman

  • Cosway malaysia Berhad
  • Berjaya Philippines Inc.
  • Natural Intelligence Solutions

Deputy Chairman

  • Redtone Digital Berhad

Board Member

  • Berjaya Corporation Berhad
  • Razer Fintech (Singapore)
  • Cardiff City Football Club (Wales, UK)
  • HR Owen (UK)
  • KV Kortrijk FC
  • FK Sarajevo FC

Chairman of Executive Committee

  • Berjaya Food
  • Berjaya Hospitality
  • Berjaya Retail
  • Berjaya Capital
  • Berjaya Land
  • Berjaya Digital
  • Berjaya Enviropark


Past appointments

CEO

  • Permodalan Nasional Berhad
  • Invesco Ltd. (Singapore)
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments (Malaysia)

Chairman

  • Sapura Energy Berhad
  • Prolintas Group
  • Jewel Digital Ventures

Jalil is a passionate football fan and currently sits on the board of Cardiff City FC (UK), K.V. Kortrijk (Belgium), and FK Sarajevo (Bosnia).
He is also a Presidential Council member of Football Association of Malaysia (FAM).

Current appointments

Chairman

  • Cosway malaysia Berhad
  • Berjaya Philippines Inc.
  • Natural Intelligence Solutions

Deputy Chairman

  • Redtone Digital Berhad

Board Member

  • Berjaya Corporation Berhad
  • Razer Fintech (Singapore)
  • Cardiff City Football Club (Wales, UK)
  • HR Owen (UK)
  • KV Kortrijk FC
  • FK Sarajevo FC

Chairman of Executive Committee

  • Berjaya Food
  • Berjaya Hospitality
  • Berjaya Retail
  • Berjaya Enviropark
  • Berjaya Capital
  • Berjaya Land
  • Berjaya Digital

Current appointments

CEO

  • Permodalan Nasional Berhad
  • Invesco Ltd. (Singapore)
  • Aberdeen Standard Investments (Malaysia)

Chairman

  • Sapura Energy Berhad
  • Prolintas Group
  • Jewel Digital Ventures
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Ben Phillips

Co-Founder, Fight Inequality Alliance and Author, “How to Fight Inequality (And Why That Fight Needs You)”